by Ash Catcher
So it's kinda public knowledge at this point that I may or may not have some parental issues lets sort to say. I am very nonchalant, and open about it cause like what are you gonna do, reconcile? This goes beyond just our last encounter back in March, Not bloody likely. My parents and I don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, I am the only one in my family that has tattoos, yada yada okay fast forward to present. I am hiking in the woods and I had a thought, and not to get off topic but I get a lot of good ideas when I am out in nature. I think to myself… [italics]Hmmmm Ash you know what you should do with that voicemail your dad left you around the end of September after not talking to you for almost 6 months during a worldwide pandemic, tries to make a half assed attempt to reach out for the umpteenth time, WITHOUT APOLOGIZING???? What is this? Ash, what the perfect interlude for a bad ass spoken word piece. I know, not the best topic to debut my recorded poetry chops, but I am using what I got. I asked my friend if she would put the voicemail to some dreamy guitar, and add a little tongue drum to it, ( Something I randomly acquired) and we made something together.
The whole process took about a week and a half to write, mix, and master, and I got to say my friend knows what she is doing. It’s on Spotify now, and Apple Music but Apple haven’t you taken enough of my music? I have to say though it feels really fucking good to have this out, I have gotten some pretty positive feed back, and yeah its not the most happy topic, but its something that is important to me and as an artist it was important to start off on something that most people my age can relate to. It is hard to maintain a relationship with a parent especially when you’re growing up and becoming an adult. Your exposure to the world shapes your thoughts and beliefs that can often combat the way you were raised, or not. I am so happy that I got to collaborate with an amazing talented artist that helped share a story with me. I am not the most outgoing person when it comes to art, so for me this was like yea in theory this would be great! But to actually make it happen is a whole other story.
I think that spoken word doesn’t get nearly enough attention, and as someone who is I guess we can say multifaceted when it comes to art this is an avenue I really want to explore more. I am trying to write more, I just don't want things to feel forced. There is a lot of thought and love put into my work and content. If it sounds like I am bragging, well good, I sort of am? I am proud of the amount of work I put into promoting myself, my art, and my friends, work. My all female digital publication Atomic Tampon is growing exponentially. I feel that it is personally important to address how badass women are. I think that society tends to gloss over women owned businesses. It is great that I live in a place that has so many awesome women who not only own their own business, do art, and music as well. I am so blessed to be a part of something more and bigger than myself.
Please check out Leia. It’s a little long but the message is there. The music and mastering is awesome, and yea I was a bit nervous putting something out so personal so if you’re coming at me with constructive criticism keep it to yourself. I am only accepting positive vibes ,ya dig!
Until next Wednesday, Squares.
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